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Christmas Season is fast approaching and one of the necessary ingredients of the best part of the year are surely movies. What can be better than enjoying great movies on your home cinema with snacks? In our view, the term ‘Christmas movie’ refers not only to the movies that are related to the Christmas holidays, but also the ones that use the magic of cinema to extend and deepen the magic of Christmas and manage to remain a lot of fun while doing so. So, here we go:

James Stewart in It's A Wonderful Life

James Stewart as George Bailey in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’, the ultimate Christmas Movie

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

Directed by Frank Capra

Almost 70 years on, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ hasn’t lost a bit of its charm. It is still a beautiful, honest and forthright story about what truly matters in life. James Stewart delivers one of his finest performances while Frank Capra tells one of the most beautiful stories ever told on screen with all the emotion it deserves, but without being slushy for a second. A timeless masterpiece that will make Christmas time even more special and that only gets better every time you see it again.

Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge in 'A Christmas Carol'

Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis

Jumping from the lovely black and white photography of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ right to the 3D computer animated motion-capture film of Robert Zemeckis is not really that unusual, as ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a genuine work of art and a charming Christmas movie.  Zemeckis’ adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas fantasy is a dazzling visual experience abounding in brilliant performances from Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Bob Hoskins and others. An absolute must.

Gremlins

Gremlins singing the Christmas carol you wouldn’t like to hear

Gremlins (1984)

Directed by Joe Dante

Back in the 1980s, they didn’t have CGI and 3D animation, but they surely knew how to make great movies. ‘Gremlins’ is a dark Christmas horror comedy that can also be understood as a cautionary tale – things can always turn into their exact opposites, so you have to be careful all the time. The movie hasn’t aged over the years, it is still fresh and a lot of fun and you can also spot Steven Spielberg and Chuck Jones in cameo appearances if you look closely.

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in Love Actually

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in ‘Love Actually’

Love Actually ( 2003)

Directed by Richard Curtis

OK, this one is the British romantic comedy to be watched with your girlfriend or wife, but it’s more fun than the title suggests. The ensemble cast consisting of such luminaries of the British cinema like Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, the brilliant Keira Knightley in one of her first appearances, Bill Nighy and Rowan Atkinson makes this movie more than a run-of-the-mill romantic comedy.

We see entirely different people with only one thing in common – they are all searching for love one way or another. While some of them succeed in finding it, others fail and there is also the third group who comes to understand that love may be too painful to maintain. A great and inspiring Christmas movie with some great laughs thrown in along the way.

P.S. – Bill Nighy (Remember Davy Jones from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’?) is hilarious as an ageing rock star.


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